Carlyn Greenwald

Carlyn Greenwald – Editor

Dedicated YA and Adult Contemporary, Romance, and Thriller editor. YA Author. Reader with over seven years of experience in NY publishing.


I am a YA and Romance author and screenwriter in addition to being a practiced freelance editor who's worked with books that've been published by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and other major publishers.

I've written reader reports for literary agencies such as TriadaUS, The Bent Agency, and Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. I currently read and give notes on projects for CAKE Literary, all of which go on to be published by Big 5 publishers and many of which go on to become NYT bestsellers. I was a YA mentor in Author Mentor Match, where my mentees have gone on to be published by Big 5 publishers. I've also mentored most recently in Pitch Wars. Additionally, I've cultivated experience giving developmental and line notes on authors who have gone on to have their work published by HarperTeen, Simon Pulse, SSFYR, and many more. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School with an emphasis in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

I write across genre and age category, but my expertise lies in YA Contemporary, YA Mystery/Thriller, and Adult Contemporary Romance. However, I do have experience working in SFF and am open to all genres of YA and MG as well as Romance and Mystery/Thriller in the Adult space. I've developed a fusion craft and market based approach to editing through a combination of creative writing workshops and working with published writers to polish their manuscripts at every stage of the writing journey -- for querying, for their agents, and for their editors. Because of my background in screenwriting, I'm especially strong with plotting, pacing, and arcs, but also want to make sure every manuscript has vivid and memorable characters that stay in readers' minds long after the book is done. I tend to focus on offering a ton of different solutions to any given issue with a manuscript and I love adding little reactions and enthusiasm for any notes. I also will vehemently ship any shippable characters.

I'd love to work with you! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
LGBTQ Fiction Romantic Comedy Young Adult
English (US)
  • 2016 Pitch Wars YA Mentee
  • 2018 Author Mentor Match Mentee
  • CBS Writers Mentoring Program Semifinalist - 2018
  • BA in English and Film from USC
  • MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School
  • Author Mentor Match Mentor - 2019
  • Pitch Wars Mentor - 2020

Work experience

CAKE Literary

Mar, 2021 — Present

- Reads through and maintains detailed spreadsheets on slush reading for book packaging company
- Reads and writes coverage for existing library of books on the slate for TV/Film purposes
- Administrative tasks such as filing, managing electronic signatures, mailing and scheduling
- Offers editorial feedback on manuscripts that have gone on to be published by Big 5 publishers, many becoming bestselling titles

141 Entertainment

Oct, 2019 — Jan, 2021 (over 1 year)

- Maintained detailed spreadsheets for projects on development slate
- Scouted novels for potential book-to-film adaptations
- Provided development notes and took notes during meetings with writers for development slate

TriadaUS Agency

Jun, 2017 — Sep, 2017 (3 months)

- read reader reports on client manuscripts and full manuscripts up for consideration for senior agent


May, 2016 — Present

- provided developmental and line edits to YA and Adult novels published by Big 5 publishers
- offered brainstorming sessions with writers to help with pre-writing, including outlines, character development, working out plot holes, etc
- provided critique on pitch materials, including queries and synopses that later went on to help clients get major agents for representation
- provided guidance and critique for novel writers hoping to adapt their work into screenplay format as well as provide notes on the adapted screenplays

The Bent Agency

Dec, 2015 — Feb, 2017 (about 1 year)

- read and wrote reader reports on manuscripts being considered for representation for senior agent


Carlyn has 3 reviews





Eduardo R.

Eduardo R.

Dec, 2021

Carlyn was professional all the way through and did a great job detailed review of my manuscript. I am pleased and satisfied with the quality of the job she provided. She even managed to deliver it a week before the deadline. I hope I can work with her again soon!
bethaney L.

bethaney L.

Oct, 2021

Carlyn was everything my manuscript needed. She provided me with a very thoughtful and thorough editorial assessment. Every edit provided was meaning full. She is also an excellent communicator and responds rapidly to questions. Overall it has been a wonderful experience and I am so happy that Carlyn was the fun to help me get the manuscript where it needs to be. In short, she's a gem and you w...
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Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Sep, 2021

Carlyn was completely friendly and professional, and her feedback was super valuable. I'm so grateful for her expertise. She was also responsive when we had a small issue sharing files and was able to resolve it quickly. As a bonus, she had some nice, encouraging words to share and completed the work early! I'd absolutely work with her again and would encourage anyone enlist her help with their...
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Carlyn G.
Thank you so so much for the kind review, Daniel! Sending you all the best on your querying journey!

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